Librivox recording of Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Read by Adrian Praetzellis.
Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling fashion) highly moral Anglo-Indian boy who becomes enmeshed the “the Great Game” -– the competition between Britain and Russia for control over Asia. Taking time off from his role as the traveling companion of an aged Tibetan lama, the boy is trained as a spy, matches wits with various evildoers, and wins out in the end. So much more than just a spy story, Kim is one of the most enjoyable books that you will ever read -- or have read to you.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, India. He was the author of many short stories and novels including The Jungle Book. (summary by Adrian Praetzellis)
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May 13, 2017 Subject:
From the description, I was expecting less of the lama and more of the spying. But it is more a story about the relationship of Kim with the lama than it is about intrigue and danger and adventure. A very nice story!
May 3, 2017 Subject:
I love Kim!
Adrian Praetzellis brings Kim and his beloved guru to life. It would be hard not to develop much affection for these two travelers and admire the relationship that grows between them. Adrian Praetzellis does wonderful accents and his voice characterizations help to create endearing characters. I enjoy Kipling and I know he has some racial/colonial baggage but I think he has a humanity that extends to all of his characters regardless of their race or nationality. He can tell a story that doesn't rely on degrading his non-English characters and I think it was--and probably still is--unique. I hope Adrian Praetzellis will do more Kipling, Zangwill, Maryatt and Wells. He has a unique point of view that increase the value of these author's.
September 23, 2014 Subject:
Great story matched by excellent reading
One of the very best treasures on archive.org. I have listened to it 4-5 times over the years. It would be wonderful if some of Kipling's other works were given this fine a production. Would love to hear more tales of India brought back to like, like "The Phantom Rickshaw" stories and "The Courting of Dinah Shadd". Too much of Kipling's work is out of print.
I find myself reading books that I may have never read thanks to Adrian. He really knows his business and you would never guess that he is a Professor of Anthropology at a university in California. His reading style is second to none in my humble opinion.
Reviewer:Scott S. Lawton
March 1, 2012 Subject:
great reader, interesting story
Many thanks to Adrian Praetzellis for a fantastic reading, including distinctive voices for each of the main characters. (The Lama is particularly well done.)
The story itself starts a bit slow, but turns into quite an adventure. It's also an interesting look at India. There may well be some lurking imperialism, but to me the book seems clear evidence that Kipling loved India and its people.
October 14, 2011 Subject:
Thank you to Adrian Praetzellis for "Kim" by Rudyard Kipling
His characatures are excellent and consistent throughout this quite long book. I don't know how you do it so well for so long: They are so good I find myself mimicking the lama when trying to sound wise!
Adrian's narration is as clear as a bell with a rhythm, speed, volume and pitch ("RSVP" as they teach in the military for clear voice communications!) that bring this book and its characters to life and so make it very hard to "put down".
The recording is so clear that, at one stage, I can hear what sounds like night crickets chirping in the background!!
10/10, thank you again.
November 3, 2007 Subject:
Excellent reading of Kipling's KIM
Near professional quality reading of a great adventure novel with a metaphysical twist. Strongly recommended. (The BookWorm, Manchester, UK)